Southpa Posted June 6, 2007 Report Share Posted June 6, 2007 No its not a book, but I could write one on this topic. I'm referring to people's , mostly friends of friends, guitars I have worked on and brought back into playable condition. I recently finished working on a person's classical guitar that was literally untuneable and unplayable. I had to reset the bridge which had slid forward at a cockeyed angle, made a new bone saddle, general cleanup and proper restringing / setup. I also had to reglue the back which was separating away from the sides in a few places. So I get a call this morning from the guy saying that the low E string buzzes. I take a lot of pride in my work and like to make sure everyone is happy. Sure its a cheap guitar and I don't charge much, especially for repairs that would usually cost more than what the entire instrument is worth. He figured the buzzing was coming from inside the guitar so I told him to loosen the strings and feel around inside for anything that might be loose, I dunno, bridge mount screws, bracing or whatever. I drive over to check out the guitar. I reach inside and feel around, nothing loose. I tune it up to standard pitch and play it for a bit, no buzzing! I hand the guitar to him and tell him to play it like he was when it was buzzing. So he tunes the low E string down to a D and starts WHALING away on it with a bigass plastic thumbpick. I can see the middle of the string oscillating a good 3/4" and yes, it certainly was buzzing. I'm thinking, "My GAWD! What an idiot!" I said, what do you expect to happen to a silver wound nylon string when you hit it like that? Sorry, but thats just the nature of the beast, its a cheap guitar and thats how they build them. You can't expect them to sound right when you play them like THAT! A while back I repaired a 12-string LYS guitar, total fret levelling, action setup etc. I got this thing into totally supreme condition. Brought it back to the owner and only charged him 50 bucks for my work. The next day he says he can't tune it right, tries to play it thru the phone saying "See what I mean?!!" "Sorry, I DON'T know what you mean. I'll be right over." So I make another house call and check out the guitar. I find both high e's and B strings are tuned roughly 3 whole STEPS higher than they should be! I'm thinking. "What gives here? Are you an idiot?" I'm really surprised that he didn't break any strings! Anyway, I tuned it properly and gave him a little lecture on how to tune a 12-string guitar. I don't know why I'm getting these winners (or should I say whiners) who don't know some basics. Both these guys have about 6 guitars each, you would think they would know better. Just for the giggles, anyone got similar experiences to tell? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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